From Education Week:
During the COVID-19 school building closures, big equity problems around internet access emerged. But one layer of this equity issue went largely unexplored: Some households have access to the Internet, but only at slow speeds that make school tasks like videoconferencing or completing homework assignments next to impossible.
That’s especially true for families with multiple children, or for parents using the home internet while forced to work remotely during the pandemic.
The urgency to resolve these issues is high as many schools appear likely to continue remote learning for at least some students next school year.
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SW DinehNet, an affiliate of Sacred Wind Communications, Inc., New Mexico’s award-winning telecommunications and broadband service provider in rural northwestern New Mexico, was a winning bidder in a Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) auction to provide broadband and voice telecommunications services to underserved areas in McKinley County, mostly on Navajo tribal lands. This week the NM Public Regulation Commission approved SW DinehNet’s operating in that area, as a requirement of the FCC program. SW DinehNet is to be granted $2 million to build new infrastructure in the auctioned area. The FCC plans to distribute $1.5 billion nationwide over the next 10 years to broadband providers willing to offer voice and Internet services in high-cost, rural parts of the country.
Sacred Wind Communications acquired a service territory of 3,200 square miles with less than 7,000 occupied homes, most of which had no access to any telecommunications services. Sacred Wind took it upon itself to deliver basic voice and broadband service to those homes using solar power. Sacred Wind’s own field technicians install the solar units at the same time as they install the fixed wireless equipment on a customer’s home for the delivery of voice and broadband services. This simple solution has been found to reunite families. In a couple instances the school-age children of some Navajo families who had been sent to live with relatives while attending school were able to return home once electricity and broadband had been installed.
Sacred Wind Communications, Inc. (“Sacred Wind”) and Connect 66 Internet (a division of Sacred Wind Communications, Inc.) are proud to announce their official sponsorship of the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce. As part of the partnership, Sacred Wind will provide high speed internet to the Chamber, and the Chamber will name their meeting space the “Sacred Wind Center.”
Sacred Wind Communications and its affiliate, Connect 66 Internet, have just provided their first 100 Mbps broadband service using their fixed wireless network to a customer in Juniper Hills, NM. Akin to breaking the sound barrier or Roger Bannister’s breaking the 4-minute mile in 1954, the reliable delivery of 100 Mbps Internet service to the home using a point to multipoint radio antenna is a new milestone for the company and for the industry.
Connect 66 Internet, a New Mexico broadband company, in collaboration with Cibola Arts Council, the Village of Milan, the City of Grants, and Grants-Cibola County Chamber of Commerce announces a public ribbon cutting on Friday, May 25 at 10 am at the New Mexico Mining Museum, 100 Iron Avenue (off of Santa Fe Avenue) Grants, New Mexico for a segment of an outdoor public art project titled “Native Basket Array”.
The Native Basket Array will consist of several large communications satellite dishes that will be re-purposed, wrapped with copies of Native basket paintings, and placed outdoors throughout the Village of Milan and the City of Grants in Cibola County. At least three dishes will be wrapped with copies of original art work.
Increases Connectivity, Decreases Costs for Local Schools
Today, Sacred Wind Communications, Inc. along with the Gallup-McKinley County School District, unveiled the district’s new fiber optic network. The system provides schools with improved connectivity and increased educational opportunities including 1:1 VoIP between schools, and cloud applications for students, teachers and administrative staff.
Sacred Wind Communications was proud to partner with Kids Need to Read to bring 700 books into Bluewater and Mesa View Elementary Schools in Grants. We love working in the communities, and are passionate about giving back and opening doors for the next generation. Read more in the Gallup Independent.